Cynthia Louise Kitchen Dye passed away peacefully in her home in Mountain Green, Utah, on August 11, 2022 due to the effects of glioblastoma brain cancer. She was cared for throughout her illness by her loving husband James, with help from many family members and neighbors who were angels in their service.
Cynthia was born on January 1, 1961 in Nampa Idaho. She was the tenth of eleven children born to Arlo Asay Kitchen and Fern Chase. The family moved to Utah when she was one year old. She was raised in Cache Valley in the beautiful town of Providence where she made many cherished friends and memories. She graduated from Sky View High School and Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Portrait Design.
While working to establish her own business as a portrait photographer in Salt Lake, she met her eternal companion and sweetheart, James Leon Dye. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on October 26, 1990. Cynthia designed a beautiful home for their family in South Jordan, Utah, where they lived for almost 30 years in the South Jordan Parkway 1st Ward. After five years of marriage, they were blessed to begin their adventure with adoption, eventually adopting six beautiful children.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was always an important part of Cynthia’s life. She served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe Japan where she spent most of her time on the island of Okinawa. As a devoted member of the Church, she served in many callings throughout her life. Most of her church callings were in the Primary organization. She loved being with and teaching children
When Cynthia became a mother, she quit her successful photography business to focus on her children. She welcomed several additional foster children into her home, and also some young expectant mothers. As her children grew, she authored and published books, wrote poetry and songs. She ran 14 marathons and organized an annual five mile run between the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and the Jordan River Temple which raised money for the Church’s Temple Patron Fund.
Cynthia always loved the arts and founded a non-profit art organization, the Alliance of Covenant Artists, to promote reverential and devotional art. She developed close friendships with many of the artists she had an opportunity to work with. She created web sites and hosted art exhibits and workshops for this cause.
She is survived by her husband, James; her children: Christina (Justin) Evenson, Samuel Dye, Joseph (Madi) Dye, Julia (William) Steed, Jacob Dye, and Lydia Dye; her granddaughters: Hollie, Harvie, Ellie, and Kiara; and her siblings: Margaret (LaRell) Van Dyke, Darlene Hansen, Jean Lind, Shirley Miller, Kenneth (Molly) Kitchen, Thomas (Janice) Kitchen, Barbara (Keith) Anderson, Sara Kitchen, Darwin (Laurie) Kitchen. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Francie (William) Fiedler.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain Green Ward, located at 5378 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, Utah. A viewing will be held at the same address on Friday, August 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and prior to the service on Saturday, 9:30 to10:30 a.m.
Interment will be in the Mountain Green Cemetery located behind the church.
The funeral service will be broadcast on the internet at https://zoom.us/j/93667433459 for those not able to attend in person.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund in Cynthia's name at https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/humanitarian-services or call 1 (800) 525-8074